It will be said that Luis Suarez went down for a bite, but not without a fight.
One day after FIFA rejected the Barcelona striker’s appeal against a four-month ban for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup, Suarez’s lawyer has confirmed his client will take the only other step available by appealing his suspension to the Court of Arbitration of Sport.
And he’s using some mighty strong accusatory language.
As part of the ban, Suarez cannot train with his club and is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium, although players’ union Fifpro argues the details “lack clarity”.
“[It] is blatantly draconian, totalitarian and fascist,” Balbi told Spanish radio station Cope.
“The right of a footballer to work is being violated, and football should be worried about that. The nine international games may seem excessive, but the fact that he can’t watch a game of football, or train or carry out his job – we are talking about unpleasant things.”
Ordinarily, Cas would sit and hear the matter while the player adhered to the terms of his ban.
However, as the World Cup is still taking place, Suarez’s legal team could apply to the Cas ‘ad-hoc’ division, which exists for the duration of the tournament to hear matters such as this.
“Look, my guy bit a dude during a sporting event for the third time after severe suspensions for the first and second bite, proving those lengths didn’t teach any lessons, and you’re going to punish him with a more severe ban? BLACKSHIRTS!”
It’s not being reduced.